Friday, August 1, 2014

Book Review: Between the Sheets by Molly O'Keefe

Between the Sheets (Boys of Bishop #3) by

Between the Sheets is my second Molly O'Keefe book, and it did not let me down. After reading Never Been Kissed (review here) and thoroughly enjoying all the macho man moments, I couldn’t resist meeting Ty the motorcycle bad boy. 

With a name and cover like Between the Sheets supports, it is easy to believe the book is just like all the other heavily romanced geared books. While there is a lot of steam (again, how could there not be?) , this books dives into some serious heartbreaking emotions.
Shelby and Ty both are faced with these issues, and in return seek refuge in each other’s arms.

Ty is dealing with a new town, new people, and becoming a new dad. Only his son isn’t a newborn.
Casey is a troubled elementary school student that recently tracked his father down. Not only is Casey scarred from his past experiences with his mother, he’s uncertain that this safe place with Ty will last.   Acting out in class to fighting to stealing the occasional item, Casey doesn’t know how to deal with all these new emotions colliding with his past.

Ty can’t help but blame himself for all of the pain the boy has been through.  And even though Casey reminds Ty of himself, he doesn’t know how to reach out to his hurting son. 
Cue, Shelby.

Shelby is the art teacher at Casey’s school. And great with dealing with Casey because she is one of the few people that Casey actually respects. 
Shelby is tough, guarded, and broken.  Dealing with a scandal from years past and with her mother’s worsening dementia, plus teaching at school and the art barn, Shelby doesn't have time to deal with her sexy new neighbor, Ty.  But even so she can't help being attracted to him, and the momentarily distraction from her hectic life that he offers.

Shelby learning to cope with her mother’s dementia was heartbreaking. And really, spot on. As someone who has worked with dementia patients, O’Keefe has really researched her topic and has conveyed well all the emotions of guilt, fear, confusion, and hurt that family members/caregivers deal with on a daily bases.
Ty and Casey’s part of the story was also very moving. In fact, it was my favorite part of the book. Casey was an excellent character. With moments of growth and heartache, Casey and Ty slowly learn what it means to be father and son.

Yes, there is some romance. But this book showcases more than the lover next door scenario. It is a heartfelt story of survival. And what happens when you allow those around you to help -- so you don't have to carry the burden alone.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Bantam for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review.

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